Product Type: Philips Beard / Hair Trimmer
Newest Review: ... end branding. I myself do have quite a thick beard, but that still doesn't mean it should hurt right? Those blades where so dull (on firs... more
more a plucker rather than a shaver
Member Name: Thebaker50
Advantages: well made
Disadvantages: not very nice to use, dullens quick
The philishave shown above was my first electric shaver, costing around £30 to buy. It features 3 spinny head things for trimming, and a pop out beard cutting on the back. With a built in rechargeable battery. On paper, this sounds awesome, however there are problems.
Build quality one this is actually very good, as you would expect from phillips. Mine still works. However the shaver is supposed to come with a little cleaning brush, but mine didn't. The way to clean the shaver is to pop the top off with a little tab at the front, and remove the top, then brush, then unscrew this little latch thing before taking out the individual disks and cleaning them. This does take a while, so I normally just take off the main head and clean it before replacing it. In the instructions its says that each disc is meant to go back in the same position, with the same cover. I cannot honestly say that I must have put them always in the right place, because once they all fell out over the floor, and they all look identical. Maybe this somewhat accounts for my devices performance, but if it did, it just means its a poor design, I would have liked to be able to unlock each disk individually, rather than all 3 at the same time.
This device is not waterproof, so it cannot be taken into the shower like other electric shavers. However, I have used it on wet hair before (but believe me its more effort than it is worth, you are better off just doing it dry).
The trimmer on the back of the device is actually very good for gross reduction, and general beard care. However it does have a tendency to "grab" on to bits of your chin etc if you go too close to the skin, a mistake you will only make a few times before you realise! However my grandad, who use to have the same shaver, said that if you used the trimmer that comes out of the back too many times, then the machine overheats and breaks. Although this never happened to me personally, I thought I should share that with you guys.
My biggest problem with this device is the sharpness of the blades in the disc. I hand't used it for very long, and already they had started to blunten. I know I have a thick beard, but still... I would like to shave rather than pluck out what feels like every hair. Even if I pre-trimmed with the trimmer, then tried shaving, it would often leave me with a red and swollen chin because of all the hairs being plucked!
Whats worse is the non-rotational discs. My brother bought a newer version of this for £15 or so, and it doesn't feature the back trimmer, but the discs all move independent of one another, meaning that it adapts better to his face. With my trimmer, you essentially have to you only one disk most of the time, because trying to use all 3 will mean you miss huge parts of your face in the contour parts.
Overall, I give this product 2/5. Its very well made, and has been dropped a few time, and the fact I still occasionally use it (I use a babyliss istubble, i have a seperate review on this) for minor adjustments to the "margins" of the stubble, I don't really get on with this well. I just don't like the feeling, and the blades dullen too quickly. If you are thinking of getting an electric shaver, look at either a shaver with only 2 discs, or one with moveable discs, I think that will help a lot.
Summary: lasts a long time
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